By Jelly F. Musico
MANILA, Aug. 10 (PNA) – Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri has found valid reason to ask to suspend for few minutes the Senate session on Wednesday.
”Mr. President, I would like to ask for one minute suspension to allow our colleagues to take photo opportunity with our guest Bob Arum,” Zubiri moved after Senate Majority Vicente Sotto III acknowledged the presence of the popular top boxing promoter of Senator Manny Pacquiao.
Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III yielded to Zubiri’s motion and for almost five minutes, Arum was surrounded by fellow guests of the Wednesday’s session and by senators who asked for photo op.
Pacquiao introduced fellow Senators Richard Gordon and Zubiri to his promoter who is in the country to finalize the Filipino boxing icon’s next fight on November 5.
In a media interview, Arum confirmed that World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Jessie Vargas of Mexico will be the next opponent of Pacquiao.
”We’re all set for Nov. 5. He’s (Pacquiao) gonna fight for the welterweight championship of the world against this tough young Mexican-American Jessy Vargas who won the title early this year by knockout,” Arum told the Senate media.
Arum said Pacquiao can train in the Philippines while the Senate is on session so as not to disrupt the boxing superstar-turned senator.
The Top Rank Promotion boss said if Pacquiao hurdles Vargas, more fights will be scheduled for the Filipino boxing icon next year before finally hanging his gloves for good.
”Hopefully, if he beats Vargas there will be some other big fights available next year and am pretty sure that will be enough and by 2017, we will be seeing the end of Manny’s brilliant boxing career,” Arum said.
In a separate interview, Pacquiao confirmed that November 5 has been reserved for his next fight.
”It was the date reserve for my next fight. Hopefully, this week, the fight will be sealed,” Pacquiao said.
As congressman of Saranggani in the last 16th Congress, Pacquiao was highly criticized for missing most of the session days due to his trainings for his previous fights.
Pacquiao is coming off a unanimous victory against American Timothy Bradley in their rubber match last April in Las Vegas.